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John Kampfner in Conversation

John Kampfner in Conversation

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See John Kampfner live and in person at Quarterhouse.

Mixing personal journey and anecdote with compelling empirical evidence, John Kampfner’s Why the Germans Do It Better: Notes From a Grown-up Country, is a critical and entertaining exploration of Germany.

Raising important questions for our post-Brexit landscape, Kampfner asks why, despite its faults, Germany has become a model for others to emulate, while Britain fails to tackle contemporary challenges. Part memoir, part history, part travelogue, Why the Germans Do it Better is a rich and witty portrait of an eternally fascinating country.

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John Kampfner is an author, commentator, broadcaster and journalist. From 2008 to 2012, he ran Index on Censorship; from 2005 to 2008, he was editor of The New Statesman, and before that he worked for The Financial Times, the BBC and The Telegraph.

Authoritative, timely and courageous, this is a compellingly readable book that raises profoundly important questions on history, our times and the future.
- Philippe Sands

This event is chaired by Steven Gale.

A copy of their book can be found on the CCCU website (

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